Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures
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Traditional and Implant-Supported Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures
There are many causes of dental damage and tooth loss. Tooth decay is the number one culprit, but injuries, gum disease, and even illness can also threaten your smile.
At the dental office of Dr. David Spring, we provide healthy solutions for patients in Dallas, PA who are seeking to repair or replace damaged and missing teeth.
Functions of a Dental Crown
A crown is used to restore the function and aesthetics to a damaged tooth. Dr. Spring offers strong, life-like porcelain crowns in Back Mountain. These prosthetics are typically shade-matched to the natural color of your teeth but can also be matched to newly whitened teeth for a uniformly healthy and bright smile.
Crowns are typically used as a treatment in these situations:
- To repair a broken tooth
- To top a dental implant
- To correct damage from a large cavity
- To protect a cracked tooth from further damage
- To restore a discolored, small, or misshapen tooth
- To cover a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- To support a dental bridge when used as a pair
If you need a simple crown to repair a tooth that is damaged, an impression of your tooth is obtained for our trusted lab to use in fabricating this prosthetic. After the impression is made, and the appropriate shade has been chosen, a temporary crown is placed until we receive the permanent crown. This usually takes less than two weeks, and upon your return visit, the crown is precisely placed, adjusted to fit perfectly, and secured with dental cement.
Dental Bridges to Replace Missing Teeth
Dr. Spring’s Dallas office also provides fixed bridges and implant supported bridges. While fixed bridges provide their stability by being attached to adjacent teeth that have been prepared with crowns, implant-supported bridges use strategically placed titanium posts to support this tooth replacement method.
Fixed bridges are a good choice and provide far better functionality than adhesive based solutions like traditional dentures. However, implant-supported bridges provide superior stability and ease of use than any other tooth replacement solution besides individual implant restorations.
In the case of a fixed bridge, the crown procedure is performed as previously explained and your custom impression is used to create a short row of pontics (replacement teeth) that will span the gap left by your missing teeth.
Implant Supported Restorations
To comprehensively replace a single missing tooth or several teeth including roots, dental implants can be used with crowns, bridges, and dentures. This procedure involves inserting a bio compatible post into the jaw, allowing the bone and post to fuse together, and topping the new artificial root with the dental restoration that meets your needs.
If you are looking for crowns, bridges, or dentures in Dallas, PA,
Call our Back Mountain dental office today!